Paramedicine major: Bachelor of Health Science
Student Profile – Kurt Golding
For Kurt Golding, a first-aid course quickly turned into an interest in paramedicine and a new career as a paramedic for St John in Tauranga. Read more of Kurt’s story
Paramedics are the backbone of services such as the emergency ambulance services run by St John and Wellington Free Ambulance, as well as the rotary wing rescue services, such as the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. Paramedics often work independently in remote or difficult environments, isolated from other health professionals. The critical, often complex decision-making required of a paramedic is developed in AUT's paramedicine degree through the clincial practice, clinical reasoning and intergrated clinical practice papers.
AUT is the only university in New Zealand to offer the BHSc degree in paramedicine. This degree is offered at the AUT South Campus in Manukau.
Entry to AUT's paramedicine degree is limited and well sought after. You benefit from our interprofessional learning from staff who are intensive-care paramedics, emergency nurses, defence force medics, midwives, medical specialists and emergency management specialists.
As part of your paramedicine degree you complete over 1,100 clinical hours of clinical placement (about a third of the programme), based in settings such as ambulance services, hospitals, mental health institutions, ski fields, and community or primary health centres. At the successful completion of the paramedicine degree you meet the requirements to apply for the Intermediate Life Support (ILS) Paramedic scope of practice.
Applicants who hold ambulance, nursing or military medicine qualifications are eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning and a part-time study pathway. A full clean drivers licence and a good level of physical fitness is required.
Below is a summary only. For a comprehensive overview of this qualification, please refer to the Academic Calendar.
You will learn the fundamental basics and understandings of the human body, how to research information for an essay, and introduction to paramedic practice and the human factors involved in risk management. In your second semester you will have clinical placements on patient transfer ambulances, at a rest home and at a public or private A&E clinic.
555101 Lifespan Development and Communication
555201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
555301 Knowledge, Enquiry and Communication
555401 Health and Environment OR 555339 Māori Health, Development and Environment
Core paramedicine papers
556107 Introduction to Paramedic Practice
556202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Year 2You develop further theory and skills applicable to paramedicine practice with an emphasis on cardiology and managing patients with altered haemodynamics (resuscitation, defibrillation, 12 Lead ECG, intravenous access and drug therapy). In addition there is integration of pharmacology and research methods relevant to paramedics.
Papers (core or compulsory)
556301 Methods of Research and Enquiry
527188 Pharmacology for Professional Practice
576103 Paramedic Science
576109 Clinical Practice I
576110 Clinical Practice II
576401 Haemodynamics in the Acute Patient
PARA603 Pre-Hospital Clinical Assessment
You apply skills learned in the previous years to develop safe, integrated clinical paramedicine practice incorporating resuscitation, ambulance operations, pre-hospital mental health, primary care and health law. The focus is to prepare you for employment as a practising paramedic.
There are significant emergency ambulance clinical placements throughout this year to ensure you are work ready. These placements require you to be mobile and able to work shifts.
Papers (core or compulsory)
557221 Health Law & Policy
577109 Clinical Reasoning
577111 Paramedic Theory and Management
PARA701 Pre-hospital Mental Health
PARA702 Ambulance Operations
PARA703 Integrated Clinical Practice
PARA704 Clinical Risk Management
PARA705 Paramedic Primary Health Care
Te Ara Hauora Māori papers
Students who wish to seek careers with a Māori development perspective should select the following 4 papers as electives or as an alternative course of study.
555339 Māori Health, Development and Environment (instead of 555401 Health and Environment)
527872 Māori Health Promotion
567431 Applied Primary Māori Mental Health
567417 Utlising Supervision in Practice
We will support Te Ara Hauora Māori students to form relationships with Māori health providers, industry stakeholders and communities, and AUT Māori staff and students.
- International relief work
- Emergency manager in the corporate sector
- Safety services and emergency management roles
- Working in an environment where out-of-hospital emergency care may be required, such as frontline ambulances, oil rigs, industrial sites, ski fields, defence forces and repatriation services
Other courses you may be interested in
- Diploma in Paramedic Science
- Other undergraduate health sciences programmes
- Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma in Health Science
- Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management
Last updated: 20-Oct-2015 3.05pm
The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.